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Huge Solar Energy System for ImClone Now Operating


Giant scissors were snipping in the Branchburg sunshine on June 4. Above, cutting the ribbon for the new solar energy project for ImClone, are Township Committee members Patti Bowers and Robert Petrelli, Mayor James Schworn, Deputy Mayor John Sanford and Josh Smith, vice president of project develop- ment at KDC Solar.


KDC Solar LLC has begun commercial operations of its 9.95-megawatt solar panel sys- tem along Route 202 South in Branchburg. The system pro- vides electricity to Eli Lilly and Company’s ImClone biophar- maceutical operations across the


highway. Lilly acquired ImClone Systems in 2008.


The ground-mounted, 43-acre solar panel project is the largest photovoltaic solar system supply- ing solar energy to any pharmaceu- tical company in New Jersey, one of the largest used by the pharma-


An aerial photo of the solar site and the Imclone manufacturing plant across the highway. To help with orientation, the straight line of Route 202 bisects the photo diagonally -- north toward Somerville is to the right, and south toward Flem- ington is to the left. The 43-acre solar panel installation looks like two lakes in the left-center of the photo; the buildings on the other side of Route 202 are the Imclone manufacturing plant. -- photo provided by Eli Lilly and Company


ceutical industry in the world, and one of the largest of its kind for a non-utility company on the US East Coast.


The new system will gener- ate approximately 12.9 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year, providing the ImClone manufacturing plant with ap- proximately 45 percent of its an- nual electricity needs. This is the


SHS Graduates 198 Students From Branchburg


equivalent of approximately 1,200 homes being supplied with all their electricity for a year. KDC Solar developed, owns and oper- ates the solar panel system. It uses 40,180 photovoltaic panels and 16 Advanced Energy Industries 500 kilowatt inverters.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the start of commercial operations was held at the site on


June 4. Among the dignitaries at- tending were four members of the Branchburg Township Committee (seen above), Congressman Leon- ard Lance, Senator Christopher ‘Kip’ Bateman, Assemblywom- an Donna Simon, and Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Direc- tor Mark Caliguire. Top executives of KDC Solar, including CEO Hal Kamine also attended.


183 Complete Studies at Middle School


In their final undergraduate moments, SHS students in black and white gowns file onto the field.


The 126th Somerville High School commence- ment on June 20 at Brooks Field had a different look and feel from recent years. The dais and backdrop, which was previously set up in front of the “away” bleachers, was turned 90 degrees and set up in front of the West Orchard Street endzone.


The effect was that both sets of bleachers could now be used by onlookers, making the seating feel more spacious. The sound system seemed greatly improved this year. Speeches could be heard without any problem.


Total number of graduates listed in the Class of 2014 program was 304, with 198 of them from Branchburg.


Processional leaders all hailed from Branchburg, including Bridget Douglas, valedictorian; Michael Napoli, salutatorian and student council president; and Collin Litts, senior class president. Following is a list of the Branchburg graduates. If any Branchburg names are missing, please email branchburgnews@gmail.com and let us know so we can make corrections in our next issue.


Michael Napoli, Salutatorian


Bridget Douglas, Valedictorian


Sonal Agarwal, Samantha Ahlstrom, Moumen Mo- hamed Akel, Lalit K. Akella, Ashley Taylor Albert, Kyle Ammerlaan, Carleigh Nicole Antico, Blaze Christopher Aranzullo, Andrew S. Bacchus, Stephanie M. Baginski, Navid Bastani, Jacob Anthony Belardo, Danielle Bel- ford, Brooke Elise Benner, Ryan A. Berry, Matthew Bie- lasiak, Bradley Pierce Billington, Jillian Black, Nicholas Maxwell Blue, Matthew James Bowlby, Jarius Craig Bradley, Micaelie Colleen Bremer, Kathryn M. Brennan, Molly Nicole Bullock, Kelly N. Byrouty, Rachael Ca- ferra, Taylor LeAnne Caldwell, Rocco John Campanale III, Matthew Cardonne, Amanda Carisone, Dane Reed Carman, Rebecca Lee Carra, Emily Grace Carrier, Lau- ren Rene Ciemniecki, Catherine Cinque, Eric Ciresa, Sarah Lauren Clark, Tanner Joseph Clark, Dylan J. Cochran, Benjamin Max Cohn, Frances Corliss-Keyes, Cameron Winter Cornell, Michael Alden Corridon, Joey M. Costa, Katherine Mary Costello, Chase Patrick Cowan, Christine Elizabeth Coy, Elayna S. Cross, Jenna Czachorowski, Kyle Czarnecki, James Matthew Dai- ley, Alexa Leigh D’Amico, Nicholas A. DeCristofano, Katelyn DeDeo, Marisa E. DeGennaro, Evelyn D’Elia, Jared Max DeLouisa, Jennifer DePrado, Erin DiIorio, Michael Dimino III, Bridget Kelsey Douglas, Continued on page 10


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It was an especially well-choreographed group of BCMS graduates this year. In- dividual rows snapped to attention as each was called to the dais to receive their diplomas and handshakes from school district and board officials. See article and list on page 10


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